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Republicans Better than Democrats at Jobs

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Some Democrats are complaining that Republicans have no new ideas. So what. Neither do the Democrats.

When Obama took office he suggested implementing programs like those used by Franklin Roosevelt during the Depression Obama ignored the fact that Roosevelt's programs didn't end the Depression.

New ideas would be desirable, but we won't get them from either major party. Thus we should consider which party's "old ideas" are better.

Political activists like to treat the economy as if the President was controlling it from his magical White House by figuratively pulling levers and pushing buttons. However, Congressional action may affect the economy more than the President's actions, because the President depends upon Congress to implement his recommendations and Congress can introduce its own programs.

An examination of unemployment Labor Department statistics over the last 20 years indicates unemployment was lower when Republicans controlled Congress than when Democrats controlled Congress. http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/data/UNRATE.txt

Unemployment was 5.2% when Republicans took control of Congress in January, 1995. Unemployment dropped to 3.9% just before the small recession that began at the end of the Clinton administration due to the failure of many Internet companies -- The Dot Com Bust.

Unemployment rose to 5.0% by the time 9/11 occurred. After 9/11 unemployment began a slow rise to 6.3% in June, 2003 and then fell back to 4.4% in December, 2006, just before control of Congress shifted to the Democrats.

During the 1st year of Democratic control of Congress unemployment rose back up to 4.7% and continued to rise in 2008 reaching 6.1% by August. Unemployment continued to rise through 2009. It has stabilized above 9.5%.

The last Republican Congress was able to get unemployment back down after it rose. The current Democratic cannot.

If Democrats had any ideas about how to get unemployment back down they would have implemented those ideas. It's time to see if the Republicans' "old ideas" can do any better.

The combination of a Republican Congress and a Democratic President worked well in the nineties. It's time to try it again even though Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton.

Comments

meggers 4 years, 1 month ago

The current financial and unemployment situation is the culmination of years of bad policy, beginning with the repeal of Glass-Steagal. I notice you left Reagan out of your analysis. Unemployment was at 10% for ten consecutive months during his tenure, and that was with a republican controlled Senate.

Grundoon Luna 4 years, 1 month ago

You are so completely wrong!! Jimmy Cater was not handed a Ferrari that he slammed in to a tree. He was given a Pinto that was about to be rear -ended by a Mac truck. There were lots of problem between 1972-1976. Are you not old enough to remember the gasoline crisis during that time, among other things. And oh, boy, Nixon opening up trade with China has worked out not so frekain' good. Talk about being slave to one's ideology. Get over it.

JayhawksandHerd 4 years, 1 month ago

Jimmy Carter was the last real fiscal conservative we had as president.

snoozey 4 years, 1 month ago

Bill Clinton was president when Glass-Steagal was repealed - in fact he signed the bill into law.

MyName 4 years, 1 month ago

They criticism isn't that the Republicans have no "new ideas" it's that they have no ideas at all. You can run an opposition party like that, but you can't govern. From what I can tell, the entire Republican agenda seems to be to roll back the country to '03 and pretend like the financial crisis, two expensive wars, and pretty much anything else bad that has happened since then doesn't exist.

Denialism isn't a way to govern anything.

Grundoon Luna 4 years, 1 month ago

Why don't you just say you know nothing about how government works since your comments clearly demonstrate that is so. The dems did not have a fillibuster proof majority from 2007-2009 and the right fought them on everything they proposed. Even if the ydid get what they wanted accomplished Bush wasn't going to sign-off on anything the Dems sent to him. The republicans have done nothing but obstruct the process since Obama took office. Why don't you try some actual critical thinking and analysis instead of just pulling stuff out of your behind. Now you all are trying to paint him as not reaching across the aisle and not being more centered which is patently false!

beatrice 4 years, 1 month ago

Gee, you mean unemployment went up only AFTER the economy crashed in Oct. 2008? What a shocker.

Kirk Larson 4 years, 1 month ago

Republicans are better at creating jobs than Democrats...in China.

Grundoon Luna 4 years, 1 month ago

Who Initiate NAFTA? Bush I and the republicans did, that's who! Clinton signed it in effort to show compromise. Wow! You really do know nothing about govenment. Two words: Do Research!!

jonas_opines 4 years, 1 month ago

We all know that Reagan's problems were caused by Carter, all of Clinton's successes were caused by Reagan, all of Bush's problems were caused by Clinton, and all of Obama's problems are his own.

It's, like, purely factual.

pizzapete 4 years, 1 month ago

I think if we are expecting the government or any party to fix the unemployment crisis we are in big trouble. What ever happened to the American entrepreneurial spirit? I think the best government is one the gets the hell out of the way and lets the individual go forward. Less paperwork and less taxes would be nice so an individual can get back to what they do best, making things or providing a service.

heygary 4 years, 1 month ago

In the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinborough) used an analogy to describe "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”

From my vantage point, Mr. Tyler’s observation has been unsettlingly predictive of the path of our own experiment in Democracy.

In my youth I studied, with gratitude and reverence, the “bondage to liberty” sequence associated with the birth of our country. I believe I have lived through the “abundance to apathy” sequence. Now, as I watch the current Administration attempt to spend its way out of a recession, push forward massive bail out and entitlement programs, and socio-engineer Government intrusion/involvement in to most aspects of our lives, I cannot help but feel that the road to “dependence” has been charted.

ivalueamerica 4 years, 1 month ago

Again, I think partisan rhetoric is a red herring.

People are not satisfied that things are not changing fast enough. Bush is NOT on the campaign trail because he is largely blamed for the financial mess and now Obama is largely blamed for not fixing it fast enough.

People want recovery and I bet, in the end, they do not care if comes wrapped in a GOP or DEM package, just so long as it comes.

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 1 month ago

This might be the dumbest thing I have read this year.

Makes me want to move out of the country for awhile.

pace 4 years, 1 month ago

Facts of history means nothing, just spin and blame and heck. To many people use spin to make points like a fantasy football gamester. The consequences are real, it isn't fantasy football. We should invest in education, facts, jobs, responsible speech, not in fable. I agree this is a dumb one.

beatrice 4 years, 1 month ago

This blog might be correct. Take Senator Craig. He is a Republican, and he was giving jobs away in an airport's mens room. President Clinton, on the other hand, was known for taking jobs, not giving them.

(okay, that was just wrong)

ivalueamerica 4 years, 1 month ago

dagnammit, Beatrice, you made me spit my coke zero all over my keyboard.

I did not swallow.

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